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DefinedMeaning talk:primate (343466)

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I think there is a mistake here. As far as I know, in the Catholic Church at least, a primate is not any archbishop nor any highest ranking bishop of a province but a title higher than "metropolitan archbishop", who is the head of a province, and lower than the rare title of "major archbishop". Usually a primate is the most honoured bishop of a COUNTRY, different from the president of the bishops' conference. sometimes he's only the most honoured bishop of one (rarely) or several provinces (1 such primate in Scotland, 2 in Spain, 11 in France), for one of a continent (Africa). Moreover in France these titles are no longer used, except for Lyons and Normandy. Except in Poland, the title is nowadays only honorific in the Catholic Church. Catholic hierarchy (non official), Wikipedia. The title is also used by the Anglican communion, with the same meaning of a title higher than metropolitan archbishop: the president of the communion. So it's an effective role.
I propose: "In the Western Catholic Church and in the Anglican Communion, a bishop with higher rank than a metropolitan archbishop but, in the Catholic Church, lower than a major archbishop." 11:59, 17 January 2010 (UTC)

I changed the definition. 12:12, 22 July 2010 (UTC)